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CarlaVeg 04-24-2006 07:30 PM

Hi guys,

I do yoga, mainly hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga... I never tried Kundalini before. I'm curious as I went to and saw great reviews for the Kundalini yoga DVD's from Ana Brett.... I think it's called Fat Free Yoga...

Has any of you tried this kind of yoga? is it really different?

Marie 04-24-2006 08:23 PM

I'm not a fan. It's too fast.

CarlaVeg 04-24-2006 09:02 PM

What do you mean by fast? the poses are done faster... thye don't hold the poses?

Marie 04-24-2006 10:53 PM

I'm not very good at describing things.. but for an example..

There's a pose where you'd sit on the floor and kind of hunch forward then arch back.. over and over.

It's been quite a while since I've tried it.. I mostly remember that it wasn't as pleasant as hatha yoga.

GhostUser 04-24-2006 11:12 PM

I have the Ana/Ravi AM & PM Yoga DVD. I really like it. It's pretty intense, as the breathing exercises and poses are demanding and continuous (fast, repetitive arm/leg/various movements in a couple minute bursts). I hope that makes sense.

I'd recommend that one or the Kundalini for Beginners.

CarlaVeg 04-25-2006 07:38 AM

Thanks for replying.... well I'm gonna get it, I'm curiuos to try some new yoga

zoebird 04-25-2006 08:51 AM

kundalini yoga is a fast form of yoga using quick, kinetic movements and breathing techniques to move kundalini energy through the body. it comes from a different religious and historical prespective than other forms of hatha yoga--it comes out of the sikh traditions, rather than the hindu/jain traditions.

i did a workshop with them recently. it was fine. i did ask her why she called her video 'fat free yoga' as i found it offensive on many levels. we had a decent discussion about it, and she admitted it was mostly a marketing ploy--and it has worked. fat free yoga has made a name for her, allowing her more job opportunities.

overall, though, the practice was traditional kundalini as far as i can tell. kundalini yoga is not my favorite form to practice--i prefer krishnamycharya lineage of iyengar and astanga, and i practice and teach free form vinyasa.

*AHIMSA* 04-25-2006 08:58 AM

I am a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor; I trained with Guru Rattana and loved it immensely. It *is* a very active form of yoga, complemented by mantras, chanting and conscious meditation as an improtant part of the process with the intent of activating and raising Kundalini energy.

It is a very intense and powerful ancient practice and I encourage you to look in to it further. This is my Teacher's website with lots of free information (including some amazing astrological insights) and guidance.

Naturegirl 04-29-2006 05:59 PM

I have the Kundalini DVD from Gaiam with Gurmukh. I really like it, it's a nice change from the regular hatha yoga I do.

*AHIMSA* 04-29-2006 07:33 PM

That Gurmukh video is intense! I trained with Gurmukh in New York at The Omega Institute for a couple of weeks. She really kicked my @$$

HareKrishna 04-29-2006 09:05 PM

What is the Maha-Mantra?

Before we understand why we should chant "Hare Krishna," we should probably know what it is that we are chanting.

The maha-mantra is actually two things. First, it is a prayer. We are praying to God and to the energy of God to engage us in devotional service. Basically, to help us reconnect to the spiritual and disconnect from the material. Secondly, it is made up of three names of God.

The word "Hara" is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words "Krishna" and "Rama" are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Both "Krishna" and "Rama" mean "the supreme pleasure," and "Hara" is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative. The supreme pleasure energy of the Lord helps us to reach the Lord.

-Srila Prabhupada

The maha-mantra is coming from the spiritual platform. Since a spiritual consciousness is higher than a material consciousness, it transcends the sensual, mental and intellectual. Spirit is beyond all of this. The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is our direct connection to reviving our spiritual consciousness. Otherwise, we will just continue in this cycle of pretend happiness, never knowing that we not only deserve so much better than this, but are eternally so much more than this matter, this illusion.

We are spirit, we need a spiritual solution to our problem of materialism. The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is that solution.

No other means of spiritual realization is as effective in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy as the chanting of the maha-mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,

Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,

Hare Rama, Hare Rama,

Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

These words are different from material words. While material words represent things, the names of God are God. Since God is absolute, He is nondifferent from His names. When you chant "Krishna," that sound vibration is Krishna, God. If this were not so, God would not be absolute, and thus not God. So by very definition, this chanting is God. When you chant, you are associating with God. It's that simple.

zoebird 05-01-2006 01:10 PM

Gurmukh is seriously intense. I accidently happened on a workshop with her in NYC that was a 4 hour deal. I happened to get in 'last minute' which was a great blessing. As a person, i really like her. As an asana yoga class, it's not my bag of beans. but it might be in the future. the pranayama, though, was awesome.

CarlaVeg 05-01-2006 05:35 PM

I'm very curiuos about this type of yoga. I think I tried to do Gurmukh tape once and I didn't pass 10 min. I found it too different from hatha yoga.. but hey, I'm more open now, and I actually want to try it again... I sold the tape though... I'm gonna get the Ana Bret workout.... and I'll let you know!!!

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